How I enjoyed Andy Moore's witty and nimblepiece aboutsummer road construction (Close to Home, 8/20/10). After seven? eight? nine? weeks of what I can best describe as "Mike Mulligan on steroids," the worker guys in my neighborhood have taken their industry elsewhere.Nothing remains now except a few orange cones and - oh, yes - the Porta-Potty.
Roach knows his subject
What is ironic about the dust-up over [Madison Magazine columnist] John Roach's criticism of the west side's cultural elitism (referenced in Tell All, 8/6/10 and 8/20/10) is that Roach grew up just off Monroe Street, the center of this particular tiff, andattended Edgewood High School along the same street. Years later, when he relocated the business he established in Chicago to Madison, he boughtpropertyat the corner of Monroe and Regent streetsto placehis offices there.
Readers should give himdue consideration for knowing this area, experientially and intuitively, before disregarding his viewpoint.
Fred Milverstedt, Plymouth, Minn.